While Jurassic movies give us an idea of what might happen when dinosaurs still exist, it does not exactly scare us because they are extinct. Still, sharks and snakes rule most people’s fears, and they are not the only ones scary enough to scare people off.
Here is a list of the most dangerous animals in the world:
1. Golden Poison Dart Frog
These are the brightly colored frogs that mostly live in Northern South America. The deadliest species is the golden poison dart frog who lives in the rainforests of Colombia’s Pacific Coast and has a poisonous enzyme called batrachotoxin which is dangerous enough to kill ten grown men.
What’s surprising is that the poison is secreted under the frog’s skin which means you will get poisoned just by touching it. Its venom is sometimes used by the Embera people wherein they put the poison on the tip of their arrows used for hunting. However, these frogs are already on the endangered species list because most of their species died when deforestation happened.
2. Box Jellyfish
These nearly invisible creatures are reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to be very dangerous marine animal in the world. This transparent invertebrate is very hard to detect when in water but normally floats around the Indo-Pacific waters of Northern Australia. It’s called box jellyfish because of its square-ish form having 15 tentacles on each corner that stretches to 10 feet. Its tentacles have stinging pores called as nematocysts and have dangerous enzymes that attack the heart, nervous system and skin cells.
The toxin is so deadly that sometimes it can kill a person before it reaches the shore. However, there is an antidote, but the real challenge is reaching the patient. If there was a chance that the patient drinks the antidote, he may still end up in a coma or will still experience pain afterward.
Sometimes this cute creature is used as a Viber sticker, but the pufferfish is very deadly. It is the second most dangerous vertebrate animal next to the golden dart frog. The pufferfish contains neurotoxin known as tetrodotoxin found on the part of their body like liver, gonads, a skin of the fish, muscle tissue and kidneys.
It is more dangerous than Cyanide and will give the symptoms of dizziness, vomiting, difficulty in breathing, muscle paralysis, arrhythmia and numbing of tongue and lips. Yet no matter how dangerous they are, this fish is treated as a delicacy in Japan wherein only licensed chefs to prepare the dish called “fugu” using pufferfish meat. The pufferfish is commonly found in Japan, Philippines, and China.
4. Cape Buffalo
The Cape Buffalo is actually a mild species when left alone but when you hurt them or their calf, they attack with no hesitation even though they are already injured. They travel and move as a group whether they walking around the Savannah.
5. Saltwater Crocodile
Often found in Indonesia, Vietnam to Northern Australia, these short-tempered beasts can grow up to 23 feet long and can live either in salt or freshwater areas. They cause severe injuries more in humans than sharks had and are very aggressive when provoked.
6. Black Mamba
This species is not named after the song Mamba No. 5 but is a species of snake. They are the fastest species of snake found in Savannas and rocky areas of Southern and Eastern Africa. Their bites are fatal when threatened, delivering poisonous toxins in a single bite.
7. Tsetse Fly
The tsetse fly is the most dangerous species of fly which are found in sub-Saharan countries. They strike on warm weathers causing the African Sleeping Sickness, which disturbs the sleeping cycle of a person and changes the behavioral pattern. There are no vaccines available to treat this disease, so prevention is so much better than cure.
Mosquitos are attracted to our body temperature and the CO2 we breathe out. They are found everywhere except Antartica, and these insects are the disease bearers of Malaria, elephantiasis, dengue fever, West Nile virus, encephalitis, Zika virus, chikungunya, and yellow fever. They kill 750,000 people each year around the world.
This list is very surprising and educating to all of us. May this inform us of how we can be better in this world.